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To Know the Heart of the Pilot

Three passengers share a row of seats in an airplane. As the plane is taxiing for takeoff, their conversation turns to the topic of the airplane pilot.

Stunningly, passenger “A” doesn’t believe one exists. “No one flies the plane. We are guided by a computer system in the terminal. This plane is an occupied drone.  Why should I believe otherwise? The cockpit door is closed. Who can know? There is no pilot.”

Passenger “B” disagrees. “Oh, there is a pilot. Someone sits at the controls of the plane. But, once we take off, he takes a nap. He gets the plane in the air and then goes to sleep.”

The third passenger is shocked by what she hears. “You don’t know what you are talking about. First, there is a pilot. Second, the pilot is alert, competent and kind. I know; he is my husband. He is seasoned and sensitive and has every intention of a successful flight. We are in good hands.”

Three passengers. Three opinions. A plane with no pilot. A plane with a disengaged pilot. A plane with a seasoned and concerned pilot. Fast forward a few minutes. Turbulence shakes the plane like popcorn in a paper bag. Will the three passengers experience the flight in the same way? Of the three travelers, which is most prone to stay calm?

Nothing is more important than the right view of God. Nothing. I’ve seen the wealthy and highly educated crumple like cowards at the face of death. I’ve seen the simple and humble take their final breath with a smile and a song. The difference? They knew the Pilot.

You need to know the heart of the pilot. That is why the story of Jesus is in the Bible. He is the only picture of God ever taken. To know Jesus, is to -know God. To know God is to know: this flight gets bumpy, but the Pilot? He knows how to get us home.

Max Lucado, Copyrighted Material 8/16/2012

Man-Up: Restoring Leadership & Liberty

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For centuries “Christian manhood” was the ideal for men in Western Civilization. From the days of “knights in shining armor” in the Middle Ages until the 20th century, the rule of law based upon Scripture directed society’s view of what men should be. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” For the most part, American men knew their role was to be humble before God, but strong against evil. They knew that success would follow: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.” (Prov. 28:1; 22:4)
Christian men and their families led the way in early America. They fought valiantly for liberty in the War of Independence, and they risked all with their wives and children to open the frontiers. In the 20th century they sacrificed their lives by the hundreds of thousands, dying on foreign shores to save strangers from evil tyrants.

Successful Leadership

In the 19th century, Christian men gave leadership to all of America’s institutions. Civil government was kept small, mostly local, and checked from abuse. Christian families were the prominent cultural force as procreation was encouraged, providing a generational foundation for all of culture. Women were cherished and valued as joint heirs and partners. Christian men willingly shouldered their God-ordained responsibility to protect and provide for their wives, children, parents and the poor without government assistance, leading to the explosion of Christian free enterprise. Men were accountable, as joint-heirs with their wives, to train and educate their children. (All schools were parent-directed, and most were private and church related.) Men were trained early to protect and defend themselves and their families and to protect in local militias, as authorized by the Second Amendment.

How did a nation of men who have fought so bravely for liberty, their families, and private property so passively give over these great blessings to the control and regulation of a seemingly all-powerful, out of control government?

Fantasy World

To understand how American men have become more like silent puppies than roaring lions, we must understand the strategy of evil throughout history: lies, deception, and brute force. These lies were first set forth in America by progressive liberal politicians, clergy, and academicians who were allowed to invade the pulpits and classrooms of America by a less-than-vigilant Christian population.

In the multicultural, unisexual, egalitarian, gender-warfare fantasy world of recent decades, a stereotyped version of Christian manhood has been portrayed as the scapegoat for society’s ills. At the same time, counterfeit composites of barbarians on the one extreme and pacifists and cowards on the other have been thrust into the public consciousness. In the 20th century Christian men slowly stepped back from leadership in all of our major institutions. Civil government broke loose from its Constitutional restraints. Government slowly moved in to replace Christian men as the “providers and protectors” of society. The transfer of power from Christian men to the faceless, “benevolent” state has proven to be a complete failure.

Anti-heroes

As men progressively gave over their God-ordained roles, diversions and new outlets for their energies and aggressions had to be manufactured. The media obediently changed their portrayal of men, creating a new anti-hero. Gone were the days when the “good guys” won.

Hollywood rolled out a never-ending parade of “anti-heroes” who have become the new role-models for American males. A typical anti-hero is unattached from family responsibilities. He either has no children or doesn’t seem to know they exist. He is broodingly depressed, violent, self-involved, and misunderstood. He pumps weights and practices martial arts, prepar­ing for the opportunity to redeem himself with one heroic act, before he lights up and rides out of town in search of another reckless romantic high.

With the myths of freedom without responsibility and celebrity anti-heroes dancing in their heads, millions of men have lost themselves in the pursuit of the “golden ring” “sports mania” or “self-fulfillment.” The result has been family disintegration and a rapid slide into near totalitarian controls over our lives.

Unmasking the Charade

Yes, there is still hope. In fact, out of control government may be playing into the hands of the Almighty because it is moving so rapidly, almost carelessly, to dismantle our republic. Millions of good men and women are being awakened by these outrages.

What must be done now that millions are looking for a way to restore America? The basic successful strategy for generational victory starts in the family. When the warrior comprehends that his supply line and power source emanates from the home, then he will fight, even die, to protect its integrity.

The family was created – not government or the church- to be the primary governing unit of society. We have seen what happens when a nation is ruled either by an unchecked government or by religious mullahs or prelates. Law school professor, Dr. Herb Titus, describes the proper role of the family; “In God’s created order, the family is the primary governmental unit of human society. Unfortunately, in modern law and culture, in America and elsewhere, this concept of the family has been lost… Modern man has divorced the concept of dominion from the institution to which it was delivered [Gen. 1:26-28], hence the family has been left with no reason to exist.” Godly men will “man up” as their vision is restored for leading society my means of the Christian family.

Bold as a Lion

We can replace the media anti-heroes with the true heroes of history who sacrificed themselves for faith, family, and freedom. As I speak throughout the country, I see the “make me a point man” look in the eyes of thousands of men. These men represent the righteous who “are as bold as a lion” against evil and corruption.

God has seldom used a political majority to restore a nation. Odds are never a problem for Him. The British discovered this fact at Yorktown in 1781. The Japanese discovered it at Midway as did the Germans on “D” Day. May God help us become, inspire, and mentor millions of repentant, godly warriors who will once again man-up and obey the Word of the Lord regardless of the cost.

Dr. Marshall Foster

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Show me your Glory…

The Lord answered, “I myself will go with you, and I will give you victory.” Then Moses said to him, “If you yourself don’t go with us, then don’t send us away from this place. If you don’t go with us, no one will know that you are pleased with me and with your people. These people and I will be no different from any other people on earth…”

…Then Moses said, “Now, please show me your glory.”

The Lord answered, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will announce my name, the Lord, so you can hear it. I will show kindness to anyone to whom I want to show kindness, and I will show mercy to anyone to whom I want to show mercy. But you cannot see my face, because no one can see me and live. “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes that place, I will put you in a large crack in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back. But my face must not be seen.” -Exodus 33:7-23

Would you go to the movies if they never showed a film? Would you go to the races to watch the grass get cut? I go to church and catch glimpses of our Lord’s glory. There is no mistaking it for some emotional chain letter rejected by snopes, I am talking about when the presence is so strong you feel you can’t live another day without another glimpse.

We have an event coming up on August the 26th called Harvest America. I am so excited that I cannot contain my joy. I will see God’s glory and majesty right in front of my eyes and the beauty of it… is melting my heart in anticipation. Each Sunday I catch these glimpses and cannot imagine a life without some form of God’s glory, I don’t want it! I cannot live without it and need it more than than air! Will you join me in sharing on this day coming up? If there is not a host in your area, you can watch online. God will show us His glory and I can’t wait!


Third Day: Show me your Glory

I caught a glimpse of Your splendor
In the corner of my eye
The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen
And it was like a flash of lightning
Reflected off the sky
And I know I’ll never be the same

Show me Your glory
Send down Your presence
I want to see Your face
Show me Your glory
Majesty shines about You
I can’t go on without You, Lord

When I climb down the mountain
And get back to my life
I won’t settle for ordinary things
I’m gonna follow You forever
And for all of my days
I won’t rest ’til I see You again

Show me Your glory
Show me Your glory
I can’t live without You

Remember where you have fallen.

I was reading along and all of a sudden I got to this verse and BAM! It hit me smack in the face. “Remember where you have fallen”… What does this mean? Time gets to moving so fast and commitments start to fill the schedule, school is starting up, the new red box movies are coming out, getting carried away talking to people, planning finances….I can go on and on. What is going on here? I am not out partying or getting into trouble yet in my seemingly innocent actions I am guilty of sin. I have not done anything wrong so how am I sinning?

I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
— Revelation 2:2-5

It is not so much of what I am doing wrong as it is what I am not doing. We each are called to the kingdom in different forms and we are given individual spiritual gifts for a reason. Perhaps the priority list should have kingdom items up top and entertainment items towards the bottom. Now that I think about it, I did not see a few dear friends at church this week, maybe they are going through a tough spot and could use a call or email. I realized today the trash at church was kind of full, what a small task…unless you are the only person that ever does it and could use a hand. There was someone crying at work today, I was too busy to stop and ask was she okay.

I see the inadvertent sin more clearly now and I ask you Lord to search me and point out what I am not doing for a change. I never thought I would say that… =D

Thank you for the thorn Lord.

While nothing will ever pale in comparison to the trials Paul went through, I can relate in a small way to what he was talking about in the book of Corinthians. I have this part of my life that I want to make disappear but not only am I in a position where I must embrace it daily but I hear the Lord telling me to continue in it and not run away. This is not something I want at all because it hurts so badly.

…because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:7-10

The constant reminder of the pain stays fresh on my mind and in my heart, I want to beg the Lord to release me and just lock this thing away but the Lord uses it to keep me grounded and humble. The moment my tears come I drop to my knees in worship and prayer. When my life starts speeding by again, it slows me down and grounds me. While this thorn is very painful, it keeps me closer to the Lord and understanding His perfect will.

No one really knows what Paul’s thorn was. His was caused by Satan but used for God’s purpose. Isn’t it amazing how God will use all situations for His purpose? God truly is good and in control. While we may never know the reason of our trials we do know that God has a perfect plan and purpose and instead of rejecting and fighting our trials we should be honored the Lord cares enough to guide our paths. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ”

Thank you for thorn Lord. I trust you and look forward to what you have in store for us. I pray that I can be humble enough to receive your instruction without hindering the Holy Spirit.